Every day, all around Queensland and beyond, individuals and families are affected by violence inflicted by someone close to them. Women and children, in particular, suffer the consequences of domestic, family and sexual violence. Yet, ultimately this violence impacts on all of us, in communities, workplaces and other settings. If we can better understand this violence through research, and better respond to this violence through education, QCDFVR hopes to contribute to a safer society for all.

Evaluation of White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program aims to contribute towards reducing violence against women by promoting a culture of non-violence and gender equality within workplaces. White Ribbon provides organisations with a framework, tools and support to undertake an accreditation process to facilitate attitudinal and behavioural change at organisational and individual levels and utilizes a ‘whole of organisation’ approach. The Centre for Gendered Violence Studies is contracted to conduct a process and outcome evaluation to examine how the program is being implemented and investigate outcomes for accredited organisations.

Time frame

July 2018 – September 2019

Sponsor

White Ribbon Australia

Evaluation of the North Queensland Women’s Service Sexual Assault Response Team Trial

This study involves an evaluation of North Queensland Combined Women’s Service’s (NQCWS) participation in a trial Sexual Assault Response Team model and explore the implications of the trial for broader responses to sexual violence in Queensland, specifically any lessons that would inform best practice for responding to people who experience recent sexual assault.

 Time frame

August 2019 – August 2019

Sponsor

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Evaluation of Men’s Behaviour Change Program

This project involves the co-design an evaluation framework to examine the effectiveness of their suite of men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs) addressing domestic and family violence (DFV). The aim of phase 1 of this project is to develop the evaluation framework, using a co-design approach and working in close collaboration with a range of staff at UCQ. Phase 2 will involve the implementation of the framework to evaluate how the different programs covered by UCQ’s suite of MBCPs work in engaging and retaining participants as well as generating short- and longer term behaviour change around DFV.

Time frame

June 2018 – June 2019

Sponsor

Uniting Care Queensland

The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

CQUniversity is conducting a study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV) against women – including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. It aims to improve DV support and gambling help services for women.  This study is underway and interviews have been conducted with:

  • Women affected by DV linked to their own or a male partner’s gambling, or who use gambling venues as a “safe space” to escape from
  • Women affected by financial abuse linked to a male partner’s
  • Men who have engaged in a behaviour change program for controlling or violent behaviours towards a female partner, and where gambling was an issue for either of them.

The study is funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). Ethics approval numbers: CQUniversity (0000020852), Relationships Australia NSW (111217_4), and UnitingCare Queensland (approval no. 22618).

Program Review: Walking with Dads

Walking with Fathers is a domestic-violence informed approach to child protection work, implemented in Gympie and Mount Isa after a successful trial at Caboolture. This review is funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Caring Dads

QCDFVR staff are evaluating Caring Dads, an initiative devoted to ensuring the safety and well-being of children through working with fathers who have abused and neglected their children or exposed them to the abuse of their mothers.